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The Sacred Fire Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Philanthropy, Religion

Address:

P.O. Box 11014 Marina del Rey CA 90295 USA

Mission:

The Sacred Fire Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the perspective and benefits of ancient wisdom from around the world. Through our successful educational initiatives and grant programs, we support the source of this traditional knowledge and make it accessible to everyone. In turn, we have garnered the respect and support of elders of many traditions and the broader modern culture we live in. This has been made possible by the generosity of our donors and thousands of hours of volunteer effort.

Results:

 $30,000 awarded for the Huichol people so they could continue their pilgrimages to honor their most sacred site, Wirikuta, birthplace of the gods.  $11,400 awarded to the American Indian Institute in support of their program Wiping of the Tears, providing healing to Indigenous peoples who gathered at the headwaters of the Mississippi. These ceremonies were held to bring healing for the historical grief and trauma resulting from the atrocities committed during colonization.  $2,500 awarded in support of preserving the Cherokee language, and therefore their sacred tradition.  $10,000 awarded to Dr. Vandana Shiva's Navdanya project to preserve the traditions and sacredness of seed in the Western Himalayas of India. Seed sovereignty is currently being jeopardized by globalization and GMOs and this project provides for elders to directly pass on their ancient teachings to the younger women who carry this role and help preserve their traditional knowledge and food supply.  $4,650 awarded to Gwich'in Youth Camp in the Arctic Circle to teach youth language, traditional culture and prepare them for the environmental challenges facing their homeland.  $3,500 award to American Indian Institute's 36th Annual Youth and Elder Camp. This is a highly important event to bring elders together with youth to teach traditional values through breath to breath teachings thereby strengthening the traditions and ensuring that this precious knowledge remains alive for this next generation.  $3,000 awarded to Sacred Fire Community to launch their Mentor Training Program. Mentors are being trained to provide youth powerful multi-year support to ensure the youth have what they need to step into adulthood with confidence and grounding.  Ancient Wisdom Rising Gatherings: an inspiring gathering with highly honored elders and tradition holders from around the world sharing their ceremonies, stories, prayers & songs. Five such gatherings have been held beginning in 2007 bringing important teachings to more than 500 attendees.  Wisdom Fellowship Awards. Chief Oren Lyons received our first annual Wisdom Fellowship award at Ancient Wisdom Rising 2012. Lama Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is our 2013 recipient. This award honors Indigenous Elders and Wisdom Keepers for their life-long commitment and impact in preserving their traditions and serving their communities.  Sacred Fire magazine has published 16 issues including two issues in 2012. An article from Issue 15 was reprinted in the prestigious Utne Reader magazine and the magazine was nominated for an Utne Reader Award in 2012. The magazine is now being revamped to a vibrant, interactive online format to bring these important Indigenous perspectives and elder teachings to a wider audience at this time of enormous global change and challenge. Heard Around the Fire: Chronicle of many Grandfather Fire teachings published by Sacred Fire Press

Target demographics:

preserve and promote the perspective and benefits of ancient wisdom from around the world.

Geographic areas served:

international

Programs:

* Ancient Wisdom Rising: a life-enriching gathering with traditional elders and wisdom keepers. * Global Grantmaking: supports initiatives that seek to protect and promote the Indigenous perspective and worldview, from preserving sacred sites and native food traditions, to maintaining cycles of ceremony, to revitalizing languages, healing practices and traditional crafts. * Wisdom Fellowship: annually awarded to Indigenous Elders and Wisdom Keepers for their life-time work in preserving their traditions and serving their communities. * Heard Around the Fire: collection of teachings by Grandfather Fire; considered "the first shaman" by the Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madres- Mexico. Published by Sacred Fire Press

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2 people found this review helpful

I support the Sacred Fire Foundation because of it's commitment to indigenous people. There is no greater need right now than for all people to understand the wisdom of these ancient cultures. The work of the Foundation helps to ensure that that wisdom will not be lost and creates the opportunity for others to learn. The key to restoring balance in our lives, our planet and our spirits lies in this ancient wisdom and I believe the work of the Sacred Fire Foundation is crucial to that. This is a wonderful organization with a wonderful vision and I gladly support their efforts.

 
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I believe in the spirit of this charity. I believe that people in our U.S. society are hungry for native wisdom and heart felt stories. The Sacred Fire magazine brings wonderful indigenous wisdom keeper stories from around the world to our door. The experiential teachings are offered thru the Blue Deer Center as workshops and classes. I have been a member for many years and I have watched the organization grow and blossom as the word is spreading person by person, heart by heart.

 
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I have been a member of the Sacred Fire Community since it first began. Over the years I have watched the Sacred Fire Foundation form and grow, dedicated to supporting the living traditions of indigenous peoples. These traditions hold great wisdom for our lives today.

I am deeply grateful for being given the opportunity to be exposed to the wisdom and lessons that these traditions offer; that the land I stand on is alive and sacred, that we are here to care for it as it cares for us. So many stories I have read over the years in the Sacred Fire Magazine which taught me more then all the years of school. Just to be exposed to different cultures, has been a gift.

The work this Foundation does is vital for our lives today.

 
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I started donating to the Sacred Fire Foundation in 2005. It is now providing grants and awards to numerous important initiatives that support the remembering and flourishing of indigenous wisdom. Inspired by the purpose of the Sacred Fire Foundation, In the last few years, I have worked on two First Nations reserves in Canada. One was with the Ditidaht people on Vancouver Island and one was with the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) people on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario. I saw the people on the reserves endeavoring to learn their language and to participate with their culture. It was a profound privilege to support the teaching of their children the language and culture. The Kanien'kehá:ka school , Skaronhese’ko:wa Tsyohterakentko:wa Tsi Yontaweya’tahkwawas, The Everlasting Tree School, is an immersion program in a forest setting with a school curriculum focused on the oral tradition of literacy and creating cultural learning through being in nature. I will invite them to apply for a grant from The Sacred Fire Foundation. This work of the Sacred Fire Foundation for remembering indigenous wisdom is the heart of transforming our world into one that is sustainable for our environment and our community.

Judith Mann, Teacher, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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i am learning so much as a part of the Sacred Fire community: ancient wisdom from older cultures who understood our interconnectedness with each other, the earth and all its inhabitants (plants and animals)...as they put it "all our relatives". we need desperately to "see" life in this way. native peoples are trying to help the rest of us understand what a sustainable future looks like. i think they realize we are lost & confused and in spite of all the devastation we have visited upon their ancestors and cultures and this planet, they have great compassion towards us. i am so grateful to have been led to this group of people!

 
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After participating in the Sacred Fire Foundation's community and awareness building activities, I have found a new path that is far older and wiser than many of those I have walked before. The practice of both listening and acting according to the original instructions given to humankind before we became a culture of "takers" have deepened my physical, emotional and spiritual life. Thanks to all who support and build connection through this work.

 
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Last year I heard Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons address the United Nations stating that "indigenous peoples hold the moral reserve of the world." It is a bold claim. And I believe it is true. The work of the Sacred Fire Foundation embodies this belief. Every dollar spent is to help ensure that the ancient wisdom traditions and their perspectives are preserved and brought forth into the world at this time. The Foundation realizes that modern culture has left us searching for lives of meaning and purpose. And that our disconnection from the sacredness of nature has produced a culture that has commodified Mother Earth to the extent that humanity is now threatened in a real and imminent way. The work and the mission of the Sacred Fire Foundation produces hope. It points us to healing, balance and a way of moving in the world that is in right relationship and sustainable. It feels life-giving to me to be a volunteer and a donor and I invite everyone to experience the joy of supporting this work.

 
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The Sacred Fire Foundation has the beautiful vision of bringing forth ancient native wisdom to heal our troubled world. By honoring and supporting indigenous wisdom with biennial conferences and monetary awards, the wisdom keepers share their precious vision and ways of being in the sacred world around us. We have much to learn. I have attended the signature event it sponsors, Ancient Wisdom Rising, and was deeply moved by the presence and shared wisdom of the elders from all around the globe that were there. It was a life changing experience. It is so rare to have a strong connection between indigenous and western peoples, but so important to start bringing that wisdom back to our people.

 
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I support the Sacred Fire Foundation because I am so deeply touched by the work they do and how they do it.

The Sacred Fire Foundation supports the wisdom held by ancient traditions. They are committed to giving voice to wisdom and the wisdom holders. Our community has weathered a number of difficulties by connecting to and relying on this wisdom. We have learned much about how to live in a good way with the earth and with each other. To me, this wisdom is our hope—for us, for our children, for the future.

I have known for years many of the people involved with the Sacred Fire Foundation. They work from a place of heart. Their work provides a real benefit for us all.

 
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I have participated in events run by the Sacred Fire Foundation, where they honored indigenous wisdom elders and taught the attendees to appreciate the elder world view. I have also gained much information from their website about other elders and wisdom keepers. Every experience related to the Foundation has touched me deeply in many ways. The view of the world as alive and sacred profoundly changes ones view of everyday life. They are definitely worth supporting.

 
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